Oct 16, 2014

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway! -- The Girl Who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg

Today is a Blog Tour Review and Giveaway for an adorable Middle Grade book. Hope you enjoy ! :)


The Girl Who Came Back to Life is a Middle Grade Fantasy (fable/fairytale).
 Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

TheGirlWhoCameBackToLife_Cover_FrontOnlyThe Girl Who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg

About the Book
When you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead. There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds you, says "Goodbye," and Sends you to the next world. After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her mother and father’s spirits back home with her. Taking the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother—by train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and oceans—Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her. Yet the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons—what to hold on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life.

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The Girl Who Came Back to Life was a very interesting and strange story. It follows a young girl who has just lost her parents and must travel North to see them off into the afterlife - but decides instead that she wants to bring them back to life. 
The book jumps right in from their death and Sophie's attempts to make money and then the travels North; and it because it jumps right in there is not much time to learn about the character or even learn to feel for her as a reader. Give it a chance though. Once you get to about the halfway point you feel her mission take hold of you and want her to achieve and it is a wonderful story. The grandmother is horrible most of the time and that is saddening, but the people Sophie encounters along her journey are amazing and full of light in this almost depressing tale. 

Sophie is strong, stubborn, and determined to reach her parents. Dealing with emotions that she has always suppressed Sophie learns a lot about herself on her journey North. Although as a reader we only see this through the transformations in Sophie as she travels - the tale is actually told as if by a narrator looking into her tale. It is a beautiful story. 
The format itself is very easy to read; the chapters are short and there were a good amount of break-pages in between the chapters so its length is very short overall. I was surprised by this - the story if so deep yet the chapters leave a lot to the imagination. It was a very interesting read and I enjoyed it.

About the Author:
Craig Staufenberg is a writer and filmmaker living in NYC. Website: craigstaufenberg.com

3 signed copies of The Girl Who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg (US)

3 ebook copies of The Girl Who Came Back to Life (INT)


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop!

  2. This looks like an interesting book. I like books that are a little different and would love to read this.

  3. It is good to know that even though the novel was short it had some depth. Great Review!